Grand Canyon University offers thousands of dollars in scholarships to Transfer Students

July 20, 2011

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     Grand Canyon University offers thousands of dollars
       
in scholarships to Transfer Students
                 
The private Christian university also continues on-campus tuition freeze

PHOENIX (July 20, 2011) - Grand Canyon University (GCU) is extending its transfer scholarship program to all students who transfer to its Phoenix campus from community colleges and public universities, at the same time that many other educational institutions are raising tuition prices.

Any student transferring to GCU this fall with at least a 3.0 GPA qualifies for an academic scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 per year. These scholarships are offered in conjunction with a host of other academic, athletic and program scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

For example, a transfer student with a 3.5 GPA qualifies for an automatic $7,000 per-school-year Transfer President's Scholarship. If that student wants to study secondary education, he or she will also receive a College of Education Scholarship of $4,000 per school year. The student's tuition cost for the year: $5,500, rather than GCU's published $16,500 tuition price, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

GCU is a 60-year-old private, accredited Christian university that is best known for its education, nursing and health sciences programs. The University is currently undergoing a $200 million expansion of its campus, which features small class sizes with an average of 17 students per class, as well as full-time faculty, a growing campus, and an exciting, engaging atmosphere - all at a cost that is as affordable or more affordable than attending a state university.

In fall 2010, nearly 75 percent of all on-campus students received institutional scholarships at an average of $5,500 per student. Total scholarship dollars awarded exceeded $10.5 million.

In addition to these scholarship programs, GCU is continuing a tuition freeze instituted in 2009 for current and incoming students attending classes on campus.

"These scholarship programs, in addition to our extended tuition freeze, make a private education very accessible - particularly in light of tuition increases at many state universities," said Grand Canyon University CEO Brian Mueller. "We are seeing tremendous growth in enrollment as many top-notch transfer students are taking advantage of enhancements to our academic programs, on-campus housing, recreation, and classroom and athletic facilities."

In September, GCU will welcome approximately 2,300 new students, bringing its on-campus enrollment to 4,400.

For more information, email CampusTransfer@gcu.edu or call 1-877-525-6129.

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in six colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional campus-based programs, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.  The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit www.gcu.edu

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